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The Nicaraguan community and faithful of our diocese, both young and old, gathered at the Diocesan Pastoral Center for a Walk for Peace on May 11. After a blessing and a few words of hope from Dcn. Alfonso Martinez, the people gathered began to march together with prayer and songs to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary.

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The Department of Life, Dignity, and Justice held the annual Life, Dignity and Justice Conference,“Making Our World a Better Place” on May 9, at the Diocesan Pastoral Center. Among the keynote and workshop speakers was the Rabbi Hillel Cohn, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Emmanu El, and Rev. Clarence Williams, CPPS, PhD. from Columbus, Ohio.

More than 1,000 Delegates from dioceses in California, Nevada, and Hawaii gathered together in Visalia, California for the V Encuentro Regional Gathering. The 3-day event, from April 27-29, focused on discerning ways in which the Church can better respond to Hispanic/Latino presence.

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The diocesan Ministry Formation Institute (MFI) held their XVII MFI Theological Symposium for lay formation ministry leaders and students on April 21st at the Diocesan Pastoral Center. In celebration of MFI's 20th Anniversary, the theme of the event, Ministry Formation in the 21st Century, focused on the history of lay formation in the diocese.

Bishop Gerald Barnes recognized the 2018 recipients of his Amar Es Entregarse Award during the Bishop’s Dinner on April 7 at the J. W. Marriot Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert. This year’s recipients were Peter Bradley, Deacon F. Michael Jelly, Belinda Marquez, Sisters of Providence Carol Nolan and Loretta Picucci, Patricia Vesely, and the Diocesan Office of Child & Youth Protection.

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